Abu Jar Md Akkas
404, 3rd Floor (East, West Rampura
Khilgaon Post Office, Dhaka 1219
ajmakkas AT ajmakkas COM com
- [Abu Jar M Akkas]; born August 25, 1970, Dinajpur, Bangladesh; Bangladesh citizen.
Areas of interests
- Linguistics, phonetics, grammar, history of languages, etymology, psycholinguistics and other related subjects.
- Lexicography, languages and society, and International Phonetic Alphabet.
- Writing systems and scripts and their conversion into Roman and other characters both for print and electronic data interchange on computer systems.
- Typeface design, typesetting, printing and publishing, manual and computer-aided.
- Master of Arts, University of Dhaka, 1991--1992 (English language) [a year after of tertiary education after BA degree]
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Dhaka, 1989--1991 (English literature) [after three years of tertiary education]
- Higher Secondary Certificate, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Rajshahi, 1988, (science) [after two years since secondary education]
- Secondary School Certificate, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Rajshahi, 1986, (science) [after five years of secondary education]
- News Editor, New Age (Since March 2010)
- Joint News Editor, New Age (August 2006--March 2010)
- Metro Editor, New Age (September 2004--August 2006)
- Home Editor, New Age (January 2003--September 2004)
- Staff Correspondent, Holiday (July 2001--January 2003)
- Associate Editor, PC Quest Bangladesh (November 1999--July 2001)
- Assistant Editor, Holiday (July 1998--November 1999)
- Editorial Assistant, Financial Express (October 1996--June 1998)
- Feature Writer, Independent (July 1995--October 1996)
- Subeditor, Financial Express (November 1993--July 1995)
- Subeditor, Daily Star (March 1993--November 1993)
- Translation from Bengali into English of some entries for Banglapedia, the national encyclopedia of Bangladesh (May 2003)
- Editing and reporting, Rainbow, the official bulletin of the Dhaka Sixth SAF Games (December 1993)
- Translated some NGO papers from Bengali into English in 1995; also translated a couple of books from Bengali into English; and edited a few NGO newsletters. Had worked on the news desk of a news agency for some days in 1998.
- In a group of eight, compiled and edited the Stylebook of New Age, published in October 2004 for inhosue use.
- French language up to the fourth year at the Institute of Modern Languages, University of Dhaka, from 1990 to 1993.
- A seven-day intensive course in editing skills conducted by the Thomson Foundation in Dhaka in November 1998.
- Typing at considerable speed, with QWERTY overlay for English and Bijay for Bengali (now a bit slow because of legacy-Unicode overlay migration).
- Good knowledge of English and Bengali typography; newspaper and magazine production; printing.
- Knowledge of character code issues on computer systems.
- Comfortable with IBM-compatible systems.
- Programming languages such as BASIC on DOS and FoxPro (for seven years since 1993); programming logic and techniques; GNU Flex and a smattering of C.
- Comfortable with MS DOS, Windows 3.x, 9.x, 2000 and Vista and Linux (Slackware and RedHat) on bash shell.
- Expert knowledge of text editors MS DOS Edit, GNU-Emacs, little Lisp for Emacs configuration, TextPad, wordprocessors MS Word, WordPerfect, StarOffice, AbiWord, desktop publishing software PageMaker, Photoshop, Illustrator, little of Corel Draw and Quark Xpress, and other office suits that run on MS Windows and Linux.
Web and internet
- Good knowledge of the internet, e-mail, HTML document with CSS.
- Well conversant with (plain) TeX and LaTeX (teTeX on Linux and MiKTeX on Windows) and a bit of plain TeX macro programming.
- Experience of designing faces with TrueType and PostScript (Type 1) technologies, using Fontographer, FontForge and FontLab; serviceable knowledge of Metafont internals.
- Developed a Metafont for Santali, Ol Cemet', and a plain TeX macro package to process text in the Austro-Asiatic language.
- Bengali as mother tongue; good knowledge of English; fair understanding of Hindi and French.
- Very limited accessibility to Spanish, Russian, German, Urdu, Sanskrit, Greek and Latin.
- Familiarity with scripts of several Indic and other languages.
- Reading, languages and linguistics, computing, a bit of programming, listening to music and electronic data interchange on computer.
Revised: 5 April 2011